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Ground Zero Museum Workshop in New York

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Visit the Ground Zero Museum Workshop where you will see striking photographic images by Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Marlon Suson, artifacts from the recovery, items worn by recovery workers, actual tools used to dig with and an emotional 12-min. film on large screen/surround sound. The Museum can accommodate 20 people per 2-hour tour.

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is 8 minutes away from Ground Zero by taxi or subway ("E" Train, in the Meat Packing District).

Known worldwide as the "Biggest Little Museum in New York" for it's small size but huge data/story content (100 stories), this is one of the highest rated tours (4.8 stars) in NYC and a "Must-See" before going to Ground Zero. Trained guides narrate each tour. Self-Guided audio units are available in French, Italian, English & Spanish.

Fox News Channel says "Incredible" and the New York Times called the collection "Rare Photos." Book your tickets well in advance to reserve a spot on this tour as it's often sold out.

Some artifacts, such as WTC window glass and pieces of steel, may be picked up so visitors can have a more interactive experience and a greater understanding of what happened during the "Recovery."

Ground Zero Museum Workshop in New York Details

Length: 2 hours

Time:

11:00 am or 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm - two tours daily

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop does not offer hotel pick up. Tours are strictly by appointment only and take about two hours but you may stay as long as you like. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop in New York Description

Daily Schedules

  • Monday: 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am & 1:00 am
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am
  • Thursday: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm

Ground Zero Museum Workshop is certainly an emotional and humbling experience. It is similar to visiting the Anne Frank Museum in Holland, where the reality of what happened is not sugar coated. There are no "graphic" or morbid images displayed here and the core of the collection focuses more on the recovery efforts as opposed to the tragedy of the morning of September 11. Everything is presented tastefully and beautifully but the history cannot be ignored so you should be prepared for an experience much deeper than standing outside the gates at Ground Zero. Rare, video footage from the recovery is also displayed on large screen while you view the photographs & artifacts.

The intention of Mr. Suson's Museum Workshop is not to be a harrowing experience; on the contrary, it is meant to be a beautiful and touching way to remember the fallen and those that struggled to recover them. The only memory that most people have of that day is the sight of two towers collapsing and aerial, video footage of Ground Zero seen on the news. Ground Zero Museum Workshop will take you past the security gates of Ground Zero, months after that fateful day and into a world previously unknown other than to those that worked at the sacred, World Trade Center site. This is the only museum of its kind and a must see. All proceeds for the Museum are shared between six (6) FDNY and 9-11 related charities.

When most people think about September 11, their immediate thoughts veer towards the image of two massive towers crumbling to the earth as smoke and debris thunder down Manhattan streets. It's usually a singular image in our minds that correlates to an event such as September 11, the Kennedy assassination or the Holocaust. As outsiders viewing such events on television, we as the general public aren't left with much more than these very images to remember what happened.

Gary Marlon Suson is a professional actor-playwright who resides in Manhattan. Shortly after receiving stellar reviews in the New York Times for his first Off-Broadway play and working with the William Morris Agency, he stepped away from his theatrical career after he was offered the role of a lifetime: To be the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association (FDNY). Wanting to contribute in any way he could, he began shooting on the morning of 9/11 and was appointed official photographer in November of 2001. He spent seven days per week and approximately 17 hours per day "living" at Ground Zero, where he documented every phase of the recovery. He was given strict guidelines, which included:

  • Not to release any of the images until the recovery was over
  • Not to shoot images of human remains
  • To share future proceeds with 9/11 charities

In addition, he was not salaried by anyone. The FDNY first caught wind of Mr. Suson's work in October of 2001, when a fire union delegate, Rudy Sanfilippo, was receiving complimentary immunotherapy and vitamin drips at a well-known holistic clinic. Mr. Sanfilippo, caught in the WTC collapse on 9/11, was having lung complications. Mr. Suson had arranged the free care for several firemen who were experiencing breathing problems from September 11. It was this impromptu meeting between Suson and Sanfilippo that led the Uniformed Firefighters Association to view Mr. Suson's award-winning website, SeptemberEleven.net, and then allow him full, unrestricted access to every area of Ground Zero. Early on, he didn't shoot very much; choosing instead to focus on becoming friendly with the Chiefs and fixtures that ran the WTC site.

Firemen were at first spooked when they saw Mr. Suson shooting and were uneasy. They feared he was exploiting the sacred site but this changed quickly as they got to know him and also noticed that none of his images were showing up in any of the daily newspapers. This spoke volumes to the many men who had lost family members and whole fire companies on September 11. Slowly, he was welcomed into the Ground Zero "brotherhood" and was even allowed to document the private Honor Guards from only a few feet away without the men so much as blinking an eye.

Mr. Suson recalled, "I have to say I felt as if I was always at home there. I looked forward to seeing the men (and women) every day. It was an honor for all of us to be the ones to help out firsthand in the recovery efforts. We knew we were making a difference."

"Your photographs of Ground Zero remind us of what it is to be an American...." -Mayor Maryanna Kusaka, Kauai, Hawaii

"Suson's compassion towards the FDNY fathers who lost their sons in overwhelming..." -Captain Ed Sweeney, FDNY, retired Father of fallen Firefighter Brian Sweeney, Rescue-1

"You have provided an unforgettable look at the events which have altered our country forever..." -Mayor Richard M. Daley, City of Chicago

"Thanks for being there to document this important event in our nation's history. This way the world will never forget" -Bob Blakeman, Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush The White House

"Rare photos!" The New York Times

Frequently Asked Questions (answered by Gary Suson)

With 9/11 being such a world tragedy, why weren't photographers allowed to gain entry into Ground Zero? Shouldn't the Recovery have been documented by many as opposed to just one? -- "There are many images from the first few days, shot by some very acclaimed photographers, but this changed around the third week. Cameras were banned by order of Mayor Giuliani out of respect for the victims, their families and those trying to recover them. The Mayor decided, and rightly so, that in this particular case (9/11), there existed the possibility of exploitation and he thus wanted to preserve the sanctity of Ground Zero, which was in essence a burial ground. This obviously didn't make newspaper editors too happy or the Associated Press. There were some cases where photographers snuck into the WTC site and were caught shooting. They left the site in handcuffs via NYPD."

What was one of the most memorable images or moments you shot at Ground Zero? -- "Probably the day that FDNY Chief Ron Spadafora grabbed me by the shoulder as the Honor Guard began its procession up the exit ramp. He yanked me into the procession, enabling me to shoot an amazing image that puts viewers as close as possible to experiencing what it was like to be in the Honor Guard. Problem was I had the wrong lens on the camera (zoom) for where I was standing, so I had to lean back while I was walking in order to even shoot the image. In addition, I had to rock my body side to side in the same type of swaying motion that the firemen carrying the body in front of me were doing. If I didn't sway, then I had no "gap" in front of me to see the flag-draped body before me. It wasn't easy, but it gets even better: I had only one frame left in the camera so I either nailed it or I didn't. I'm glad Ron grabbed me by the shoulder that day as I'll never forget that moment; it sure wasn't something they teach you in photo class."

What's it like opening a Museum concerning this subject? Are you concerned about what the reaction will be like? -- "Naturally, it's a weird feeling. I feel as though I am leaving myself wide open to everyone's criticisms, but that comes with the territory. No doubt someone will not like this or not like that, but the fact is I am happy with what I have created. I couldn't have done any better. I can't live my life worrying about who will or won't like what I have created. I know in my heart that the exhibit is going to touch thousands of people. GZMW is a mixture of history and artistic interpretation, so everyone will see it in their own unique manner. So far, the few who have walked in have been very emotionally moved, so that's a success for me. One day, while I was in the middle of construction, the entire FDNY Squad-18 Company pulled up outside and asked to come in. Squad-18 lost their entire company on 9/11. Someone had told them what I was building and they wanted to see it. So, I opened the door to the Museum and there they were, dressed in full regalia. They walked around, very quiet, taking in the images and artifacts, then turned toward me to say they liked it; they thought it was very tasteful and respectful. I couldn't have asked for a stronger affirmation of what I was doing. I don't think things happen on accident; they were meant to pop by that day for whatever reason. It certainly motivated me even more to finish. I did get some gray hairs erecting this Museum and certainly learned a lot, so, like all things, it had its positives and negatives. At the end of the day, all I can say is I did the best with what talents GOD gave me. This is undoubtedly the most important thing I've even done in my life."

What is the significance of the artifacts in your Museum Workshop? -- "The public is so used to seeing images of the Towers collapsing that I fear they don't fully get that there were people inside. People have trouble connecting to the tragedy because their image of 9/11 is collapsing steel. The artifacts that I happily salvaged from being tossed out in 2002 will help people connect; bring them closer by humanizing it all. The first time I held a 3/4 inch thick piece of World Trade Center window glass in my hand, I stood there in awe staring at it. It humbled me; I wondered who looked through that glass on the morning of 9/11. Many other thoughts ran through my head, so it was a good thing for me to see, as it will be for visitors. My images stand on their own and do a good job of showing the courage of the Recovery workers, but the artifacts also serve their own special purpose."

Please Note:

Ground Zero Museum Workshop does not possess nor display 9/11 victim's identifiable personal belongings. Items such as these are in the possession of the Port Authority Police Department.

All Photos: Copyright Gary Marlon Suson - Do not Duplicate or Download.

Ground Zero Museum Workshop does not offer hotel pick up. Tours are strictly by appointment only and take about two hours but you may stay as long as you like. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

5.0 / 5
I loved the museum workshop. It was very Informative and I have recommend the tour to others.
4.0 / 5
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